Saturday, March 8th, 2014
In the course of the year 2008, acesa has introduced on a test basis a system on the AP-7 motorway of panels that inform the user of the travel time for their journey and complement the information that has been offered up to now on the traffic situation at that particular moment. This new service, offered on a stretch of approximately 45 kilometres between Maçanet (Girona) and La Roca (Barcelona), uses data provided by traffic sensors installed every 5 kilometres along this stretch.
The installation of this system, in a testing phase and under the careful supervision of the acesa control centre, makes it possible to inform both the users of the AP-7 travelling on this stretch and others coming onto it of the estimated time it will take them to travel this 45 kilometre stretch. In addition, it is a very useful tool for the control centre, since it makes it possible to identify traffic situations in real time, thus facilitating appropriate reactions to situations of heavy traffic or incidents that might take place on the road.
acesa has taken advantage of the experience of other European concession-holders, particularly in France, that have introduced similar services over the last few years, with a good level of acceptance by users.
Following the positive results of this test project, acesa is introducing the system in 2009 on other stretches of the AP-7, specifically between Maçanet-La Roca and Mediterráneo (the junction of the AP-2 and the AP-7). Besides, the concession-holder aucat may also introduce it this year on the C-32 motorway between Castelldefels and Sitges.
Improvements on the motorwayIn 2008 acesa and aucat dedicated a total of 35 million euros to operational investments, amounts that are assigned each year to improvement of the motorway network: renovation of pavement, safety barriers, updating machinery, plus an ongoing effort in the introduction of better technology to increase safety and promote mobility on all the roads. These investments are coupled with those acesa is making to widen the AP-7 from La Jonquera to Vila-seca/Salou. In all, the concession-holder will allot 500 million euros to widening the Mediterranean network, an investment that will not involve an increase in charges for customers or an extension of the concession period.